PNC Tinkering for Tots
July 8: Water and Steam
This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: Water and Steam. We will explore how water can change to steam and how it is used in both forms to work for us.Hands-on Activities:
Discover How These Materials are Used
Explore these sites inside Greenfield Village to learn about how water and steam are useful materials that help us work, provide power, as well as fun!
- Marshall Roundhouse
- Steam-powered locomotives work when fire is used to heat water. Boiling water makes steam that powered these powerful engines. Move full steam ahead to learn more about these materials.
- Loranger Grist Mill
- Water running under the large water wheel creates the power needed to turn the rocks used inside the Grist Mill to grind the corn and other grains. Explore the wheel and then roll inside to see the rocks.
Fun with Water - Porch of Village Pavilio
- Discover what fun you can have when you add a little soap to water.
Inspiring Stories - In front of the Marshall Round House, across from Edison Illuminating
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Burbaker Bradley and What Do You Do With a Chance by Kobi Yamada.
Artifact of the Day this month: Railroad Water Tower
This large wood tower holds a big supply of water needed to run our large steam engines. The spout is lowered to fill the tanks on the train with water, which is boiled by a fire created from the coal. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to watch the railroad operators take on water.
August 12: Water and Natural Materials
This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: Water and Natural Materials. We will explore how water and natural material combined to make beautiful and useful objects.Hands-on Activities:
Discover How These Materials are Used - Hanks Silk Mill and Dr Howard’s
Explore these sites inside Greenfield Village to discover how natural materials and water are used to create beautiful things and make people healthy.
- What are Natural Materials? - Village Pavilion
- Mother Nature creates so many things. Come explore some of these unique materials and how they are used.
- Crafting - Village Pavilion
- Join us as we create a beautiful wall hanging using object found all around us.
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include Natures Day by Kay Maquire and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
Artifact of the Day this month
Hermitage Slave Quarter - Mattox House – The Mattox family were very resourceful. They found many ways to use natural materials. Visit this home and yard to see the many ways they used the items they found and grew.
September 9: Exploring Rubber
October 14: Exploring Metal and Wood
November 11: Exploring Plastics and Metal
December 9: Exploring Paper and Fabric
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